The colorful East Village bike lanes lauded by cyclists and sometimes scorned by drivers have cut down on vehicle crashes and made the heavily traveled corridor safer for pedestrians, officials behind the project say.

Des Moines installed the bike lanes last summer on a multi-block stretch of East Grand Avenue.

The project, which cost about $205,000 and extends from Secondto Pennsylvania avenues,reducedvehicle traffic to one lane in each direction and moved on-street parking away from the curb, providing a buffer for cyclists on each side of the road.

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